Daphne, AL Golf Tournament to benefit two charitable causes

24 Apr 2015 · Anna Phillips

Last year, the Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial and Children’s & Women’s Hospital Golf Classic raised over $46,000 for two worthy charitable causes. These generous AL Gulf Coast Golf Tournament donations pushed Bellator’s CEO’s Fallen Heroes Memorial project fund above $200,000 in contributions raised thus far – through car shows, donors, a concert and the annual Golf Classic. Furthermore, the money raised allows the Children’s & Women’s Hospital to continue growing, improving and positively impacting families for years to come.

This year, the golf tournament event is scheduled for April 30th from 11:00 am – 5:30 pm at the TimberCreek Golf Course in Daphne, AL and will feature everything from a live band to golf tournament contests to an outdoor bar and more. All participant and sponsorship costs go towards the Fallen Heroes Memorial fund and the Children’s & Women’s Hospital, with all proceeds being divided equally between the two. In addition to supporting a great cause, there will be tons of entertainment throughout the day, and a prize drawing at the end of the day to win a 3-night stay Turquoise Palace in Orange Beach, valued at $1,800, donated by Spectrum Resorts. The prize winner will be drawn from a jar containing all the winners of the contest games throughout the day.

Additionally, FOUR more lucky winners will each receive a stay at a Gulf Coast condo courtesy of Pointe South Vacation Rentals! Two of the recipients will each receive a 3-night stay, and the other two will each receive a two-night stay.

This event began five years ago and was coined by Nathan Cox, CEO of Bellator Real Estate & Development and the mind behind the Fallen Heroes Memorial, and his wife, Kimberly Cox, a member of the Children’s & Women’s Hospital Development council. The purpose of the event was to combine two great charitable causes into one event, bring the community together and raise money for the causes. The Fallen Heroes Memorial was designed to honor those who have passed in the War on Terror since 9/11, with a special feature on the memorial honoring those with Alabama ties. The Children’s & Women’s Hospital provides a wide range of services to both children and women, and the board members are passionate about making a difference in families and children’s futures.

For those wishing to make a donation or learn more about the Golf Tournament contact Cox at ncox@battleplancapital.com.

Bellator gives sizable donation to four local charities this holiday season

7 Jan 2015 · Bellator Blogger

Two months. Four charities. Six teams. Ten thousand dollars.

Bellator Real Estate & Development devised the idea to create a charity challenge in order to give back to the community and instill a greater drive within its agents. The result? An inaugural company-wide Listing Challenge for Charity comprised of six teams of Bellator agents from the three company divisions – Eastern Shore, Mobile and Coastal – and $10,000 to be donated to four local charities. Through two rounds of voting, agents selected the four charities Bellator would support this year: the Ronald McDonald House, Under His Wings, the Sheriff’s Boys Ranch and Wilmer Hall. In October, the teams began competing to gain the most listings and, furthermore, fulfill the role of allocating a percentage of the $10,000 to the charities. In mid-December, after two months of hard work, dedication and a total of 172 listed properties, the company staff held a luncheon with the charity representatives in attendance to accept their donations from Bellator President, Troy Wilson.

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At the luncheon, Mary McAleer of the Ronald McDonald House, Angie Michal of Under His Wings, Jim Harmon of the Sheriff’s Boys Ranch and Shane Hale, one of our own agents, of Wilmer Hall, each spoke about their organization’s mission, history, operating budget and annual fundraising events. Each of the non-profit organizations has a distinguished mission dedicated to supporting local families and children throughout Baldwin and Mobile Counties.

The Ronald McDonald House of Mobile aims to provide support and a home for families with ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals. The charity’s home accommodates up to 38 families each night and has served over 5,300 families within the past 14 years. According to McAleer, the home is DSC_0384 located on the campus of USA Children’s and Women’s but is open to anyone being treated in the region. The homes are set up similar to a hotel in that they have double occupancy rooms with queen-sized beds, but all meals and entertainment are provided in family-style common areas. “As staff, we do what we can to make the families feel at home, but the most valuable aspect of the program is the support that families can provide to one another as they are all going through a similar experience. That dinnertime conversation between families is so crucial.”

In a similar light, Under His Wings strives to provide a Christian home for troubled young women to live in while receiving academic, physical, emotional and spiritual education. Their goal is to break negative, unhealthy cycles in the area and DSC_0375 within families, and to ultimately establish a more positive community and stronger family ties. Angie Michal, one of the founders of the program, said, “Our home currently cares for 5 young women—this may not sound like very many, but the impact our program makes on these women is going to carry through many generations. Our goal is to break the cycle that happens in these terrible situations and provide a brighter future for generations to come.” Under His Wings operates on an annual budget of less than $200,000 to care for these women, and it doesn’t accept any government funding.

The third charity selected, the Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, is sponsored by the Alabama Sheriffs’ Association and is dedicated to serving abused, neglected, homeless and DSC_0381 dependent children in the community that come from troubled situations. The ranches have housed over 3,000 children and have provided them with a Christian atmosphere and daily responsibilities to instill a sense of work ethic and responsibility. Harmon, the Ranch’s director and life-long supporter of the Alabama Sheriff’s Ranches, explained that the boys are raised in homes of 8-10 boys each, and they are supported physically, educationally and spiritually.

The final charity chosen was Wilmer Hall, whose mission is to provide long-term DSC_0379 homestay for children who are unable to reside with their parents, whether due to  abuse, neglect, poverty or homelessness. At Wilmer Hall they attend school, have a tutoring program, can participate in extracurricular activities and learn necessary life skills and values.

Overall, the challenge instilled competition and drive throughout each Bellator division. Along with company drive, the challenge allowed the company to give back to the community and assist local charities during the holiday season. In addition to providing financial support, the company has also pledged to provide manpower for the charities’ fundraising events throughout the upcoming year.

Mobile, Alabama’s economy is on the rise

24 Oct 2014 · Anna Phillips

Bellator Real Estate & Development is eager to serve you in Mobile! Since 2013, Bellator has been available on the second floor in the Regions Bank building in the heart of West Mobile, prepared to help you make Mobile your home. Our Mobile office location is home Mobile Office to broker, Don Jones, and more than 15 experienced agents who can provide you with residential and commercial real estate services.

The city of Mobile has taken off within the last couple of years and is still rapidly reaching new heights. From numerous charity events and runs, fairs and festivals, new restaurants and businesses, and much more, Mobile is constantly expanding. Downtown Mobile has recently hosted multiple charity runs, including the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County’s Buddy Walk, the Walk to Stop Diabetes, The Color Run, and many others. Mobile City Everything from BayFest Music Festival, the Greater Gulf State Fair, Greek Fest and Mobile’s International Festival can also be found in Mobile each year, and are only a few of the popular fairs and festivals that the city of Mobile has to offer. The city also recently welcomed Airbus and an Alabama Aviation Training Facility into town, along with many other new businesses. ArtWalks, fresh markets with local vendors, diverse cuisine and a historic scene also adds to the unique and thriving culture of Mobile. Its rich history and being the 12th largest port in the United States are two things the city is widely recognized for.

Along with the commercial and economic growth Mobile is experiencing, the Mobile real estate market has been steadily improving since the economic decline. Homes in the area are averaging $190,000 and productivity and income are on the rise, as stated by the Mobile Chamber of Commerce. In the midst of Mobile’s exciting growth, our agents are readily available to help you find the perfect home for you.

Festivals, films & fun in Lower Alabama

10 Sep 2014 · Bellator Blogger

The fall season in Lower Alabama is a popular time for locals to get involved, hang out and have some fun. Whether you’re in Mobile, Daphne, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, or another city in Lower Alabama, everything from music, food, films, fashion, festivals and more will be featured within the next couple of months.

Next weekend will kick-off the run of events with the Blues and Grooves Festival in Mobile, Blues & Grooves L.A. Songwriter’s Festival in Fairhope, and the South Alabama Film Fest, also in Mobile. The Blues and Grooves Festival is on Saturday, September 13th, and is a musical celebration held in Mobile to promote Down Syndrome Awareness. The L.A. Songwriter’s Festival, held September 11th-13th, is going on its 10th year of music festivities where many local songwriters will have the chance to swap songs and tell the stories behind them. It will be located at the American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope. The third event being held on this weekend is the South Alabama Film Fest, from September 12th-14th, to showcase all varieties of films by, for or about the South and its people. The hope of the festival is to help Southern filmmakers showcase their art and spread their future efforts.

Many locals love getting involved if it means supporting a good cause and on September 20th there is a great one. The team at Shepherd’s Place is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease that will be held in Fairhope. While there is no fee for the walk, you must register and are encouraged to make a donation to join the fight against Alzheimer’s. Each participating walker will receive a “promise garden” flower in the color that represents why they are walking. The following week, the 4th annual Mobile Fashion Week will keep up the trend of supporting good causes with a portion of their proceeds going towards Camp Rap-A-Hope, a summer camp for kids and teens with cancer. Mobile Fashion Week will begin Sunday, September 21st and last until Saturday, September 27th.

One of the annual events that the Daphne area looks forward to is the Jubilee Festival, which is now going on its 26th year and will be held on September 27th and 28th. The event usually attracts over 30,000 people and has more than 130 artists and craftsmen displaying their works. There is a Kids Art in the Park project, a Food Court, and it’s free to attend. Following that is the annual Shrimp Festival being held the weekend of October 9th that tends to attract more than 250,000 people and over 300 vendors with fine art and arts & crafts. There will be something for everyone – music, food, a Children’s Activity Village, a Sand Sculpture Contest, Shrimp Fest Idol Contest and more! To wrap up the month of October there will be the annual Festival of Flavor in Foley on the 18th featuring locally grown and produced food, wine and craft beer. Local Chefs will be preparing dishes and brewers from all over Alabama will be talking about their uniquely crafted beers.

Fall tends to be one of the busiest seasons for Lower Alabama with every type of event going on, ranging from food festivals, music, fundraisers for nonprofits, and much more. With the range of events each city has to offer, it’s not hard to find something just for you or for you and your family to do together on the weekends.